Terrible New Facebook Challenge Parents Should Keep An Eye Out For
It's being called the "48 Hour Challenge," and it's a terrible trend that could cause some serious concerns for parents and law enforcement.
Some Facebook challenges and trends have been pretty harmless, or just dumb, but didn't cause a huge concern. This is not one of those. This is one you definitely want to make sure your kids know the seriousness of taking part in.
It's called the "48 Hour Challenge," and the point of it is for participants to "disappear" for two days. Now, we're not talking about disappearing off of social media and deactivating their accounts, we're talking about actually physically disappearing. The stupid reason? To see how many likes, comments, and shares they can get on their "disappearance" post.
Pretending to go missing is NO joke. Not only does it put the heartache on their family, friends, and loved ones, it's an abuse to the police as they waste their time and efforts to try and find someone who isn't really missing. No one needs to be put through that, just so a person can try to get a bunch of reactions on Facebook.
On top of all those reasons of this trend being one of the dumbest ones on Facebook, we all remember the story of the "boy who cried wolf." What if someone is in an actual emergency? What if they're really missing, have been kidnapped, or are in danger? What if everyone thought it was just a staged game?
So what can you do? Unfortunately, you can't be around your kids 24/7 to make sure they don't even get a spark of interest into this terrible trend. But you can talk to them. You can warn them about how dangerous a stunt like this can actually be, and how bad it would hurt their family and loved ones. And we're sure your kids are smart, and they realize this is as bad of an idea as it sounds.
Let's hope no more kids take part in this awful Facebook trend. As of the time this article was written, there have been no reports of kids in Central New York taking part in the "48 Hour Challenge," and hopefully it will stay that way.